Why are friends so important to people? This is an essay question. I just need help getting started. I don't really know how to start or what topics to discuss.

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There are many ways to approach this questions, but one way to approach it is to underline that people are social animals. This is what Aristotle said. In short, we can say that people are built for friendships. Another angle is that friendships help a person in life when things get difficult. There will always be times when we can use a helping hand and encouragement. Third, you can say that friends are people that will always be honest with you. This is important, because often times, we have blind spots and we need people to challenge us.

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I would begin in the assertion of John Donne in his belief that "no man is an island."  The idea here is that all human beings possess a fundamental need for human interaction and connection.  In this light, we begin to understand why friendship might be so important to so many.  The need for human connection, the ability to share thoughts and ideas, as well as enjoying companionship might be a reason why friends are so important to people.  To some extent, our fears which might exist in being alone, not fully understanding ourselves, and seeking to find some level of interaction with someone that can help to alleviate a pain- ridden consciousness could be other reasons why people seek friendship.

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I would start by thinking about what role friends play in your own life.  You'll be able to write about it much more easily if the points you are making are ones you, yourself, feel and believe.

For me, friends are important for a variety of reasons:

  • They give you people with whom to talk about things that are bothering you.
  • They allow you to feel good about yourself -- to feel that there are people who like you.
  • They keep you from being too self-centered because you have to think about their needs as well.

I'm sure other people will have other ideas, but I hope these will be of help.  Good luck!

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